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Commission: Strong set of city manager candidates


This week, some of the people in charge of selecting a new city manager spoke out with their opinions about some of the new city manager candidates. The overarching thought is that this time around the candidates are more qualified than they were during the last search two years ago. “We have a strong group […]

Kinzie calls out Commission


Justin Tubbs [email protected] Monday evening, longtime Ennis doctor Bill Kinzie took the podium at the City Commission meeting to criticize commissioners, even calling the city a “dysfunctional state.” In his short speech, Kinzie blamed the city for having “lost a number of key city employees,” citing the example of former city manager Chuck Ewings, who […]

Health fair on tap, commemorates MLK

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Unity in the Community is gearing up for its annual health fair. This year, the program, which provides free and low-priced medical screenings for adults and children, is called “Let’s Move and Get Healthy” and will take place Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ennis Junior High School, 3101 Ensign […]

What open carry means for Ennis

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2015, file photo, Jason Green wears a holster with bananas marked "Smith" and "Wesson" at a rally in support of open carry gun laws at the Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Despite its reputation as the trigger-happy heart of American gun culture, Texas is late to the open carry party, at least when it comes to handguns. On New Yearís Day, itíll become the 45th state to legalize carrying a pistol in plain sight. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

The state’s open carry legislation went into effect on Friday, and that means changes for Ennis as well as the rest of the state. Where in the past people may have carried a handgun in a purse or under an item of clothing, now people have the right to carry that gun holstered and out […]

How sweet it is!

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Hard work never killed anyone, and 36 years ago it was the only chance of survival for 25-year old David Ahn. Fleeing war-torn Seoul, Korea, he purchased a plane ticket for the United States. Toting a travel visa, a small bag of clothes and 70 dollars, he arrived in Chicago with no friends, no lodging […]

Year of windowful weather

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Mark Warde [email protected] “On cable TV they have a weather channel — 24 hours of weather. We had something like that where I grew up. We called it a window.” – Dan Spencer, writer The creative words of Spencer, if summarizing the weather of 2015, would have been a windowful. An Ennis witness would have […]

Mayor: 5 strong city manager candidates


Justin Tubbs [email protected] By Jan. 9, Mayor Russell Thomas expects Ennis to have a new city manager. The city is now down to five possible candidates. The mayor said those name will most likely be made public on Jan. 7, next Thursday. “We are bringing all of those in on Thursday, and we will cut […]

CCPD spending still a question


Justin Tubbs [email protected] Even if more commissioners had been present at Monday’s City Commission meeting, it’s likely a proposed $150,000 grant from the Economic Development Corporation to the Crime Control and Prevention District still would have failed. Commissioner Ken Hackney, who serves as the CCPD board president, said Tuesday he would have voted against the […]

Lights of Ennis picks best-dressed homes

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Mark Warde [email protected] What will the best-dressed home of Ennis be wearing for the holidays can be seen in person by locals according to the results of this year’s yard contest winners by the Lights of Ennis. The contest, in existence for over 30 years, has been coordinated by City Real Estate in recent seasons. […]

Badge-wearing Santas delivers gifts

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Mark Warde [email protected] Continuing their practice of holiday good will, area children and families were again benefactors of Ennis’ Santa Cop program. “What begin with a few officers (in 1999) who utilized families that Helping Hands told them about,” said Randy Owen, a veteran officer with the Ennis Police Department, “led to the Ennis Police […]

Depleted Commission blocks crime control grant


  Justin Tubbs [email protected] What appeared to be a step toward delivering a new police facility to the city Monday evening became subject to political dissent. With only four city commissioners present at Monday’s meeting – Jeremy Salik, Ken Hackney and Lola Searcy absent – a unanimous vote was needed to pass an ordinance to […]

Santa Meets God in New Hope Church program

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Randy Bryan Bigham Contributor Offering nostalgia with a modern message, New Hope Church has touched and inspired the community since 2007 with its Broadway-style “Christmas Celebration.” This year’s installment of the program didn’t disappoint, again merging the story of the birth of Jesus with sleigh-loads of music and holiday cheer. Buck Marshall, pastor of New […]

Anna Thomas’ journey of overcoming faith

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Mark Warde [email protected] Something written over a thousand years ago brings hope, healing a strength to Anna Thomas. Her story is one of triumph against dismal odds, of survival and overcoming, of staring a terminal sentence in the eye and not blinking. Just over a week ago she walked across the platform to receive a […]

Classic car show benefits area children

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Lucky’s Classic Car Club hosted a show and toy drive on NW Main Street in downtown Ennis on Dec. 5. The event, which drew a very good crowd along with 89 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles entering the competition. The project was collaborated by Marty Nelson, Christen Vick and Josh Massey, who arranged for children […]

City plan finalized, awaits approval

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] City commissioners will take a look Monday at the completed city comprehensive plan drafted by planning firm Halff Associates, Inc. The plan, according to Ennis Economic Development Coordinator Marty Nelson, has been in the works since May 2014, and it has already been brought before the city’s planning and zoning board for […]

Mayor won’t seek re-election


Mark Warde [email protected] Russell Thomas has announced his eighth two-year term will be his last. His 16-year run as mayor of Ennis will come to an end this spring. The decision, which coincides with his wife’s retirement, has not been a well-kept secret as he has wrestled with both the decision and the proper time […]

A holiday weekend for Ennis Main Street

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Enjoy the Lights of Ennis and looking for more local festivities? Don’t wander too far because Ennis has more to offer this weekend. Back and better than ever are the holiday window displays in downtown Ennis. In addition to that, Ennis Main Street is kicking off its first ever Our Lady of […]

Family bakes Treats for Troops

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Brad Hicks [email protected] Harriett Adams has witnessed benevolence in Ennis for many years, but earlier this week, she wanted to recognize a family from Venus that has been helping with the Treats for Troops effort for more than a decade. Annette Kelly and her daughter, Meredith Kelly, drove to Ennis to drop off their homemade […]

No timetable on arson investigation

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Justin Tubbs [email protected] Police said Tuesday the burned car found in the 1000 block of South Preston early Friday morning has been sent to the Department of Public Safety’s crime lab for forensics testing. “Our investigators, along with the Ennis fire marshal’s arson investigators, have been involved in it,” Police Chief John Erisman said. According […]

HSR nixes forum, mistrust builds

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Mark Warde [email protected] Texas Central Partners held an open house with area residents to hear their concerns and to answer questions about their plans to build a high speed rail line connecting Dallas and A packed Ennis National Bank Event Center was site number three in a series of ten interactions with communities affected by […]

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